English Vocabulary Lesson: Using Look

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There are a lot of expressions in English that use look, including many idioms. Let’s take look at some of these today!

How to use look

In general we look at physical things or objects that don’t move. In such cases, you need to use look + at. For example:

  • I was looking at some old photos.
  • Look at that beautiful flower.
  • She looked at me with love in her eyes.

When we look at non-physical places & things, we use look without at. Some examples of non-physical places and things are: there, over there, outside, up, down, around, etc. For example:

  • I looked outside and realized it was raining.
  • You should look both ways before crossing the street.
  • I looked around the station, but I couldn’t find you.

We also use look followed by an adjective, like this:

  • You look tired today, are you ok?
  • This shop looks interesting, let’s go in.
  • The cake looks delicious. I’ll have a piece.

Next, you can use look like to mean resemble:

  • That cloud looks like an alligator.
  • People say I look like Mr. Bean, but I don’t think so.
  • Joe’s son looks just like Joe.

**Careful! Use look + adjective, but not look like + adjective:

  • He looks nice. Not, “He looks like nice.”

Here are some common phrasal verbs that use look:

  • Jen’s mom looks after the children when she goes to work. Look after means take care of.
  • When I look back on my youth I feel happy. Look back on means reflect on.
  • I looked for my keys all morning, but I couldn’t find them. Look for means search for.
  • Everyone is looking forward to the party. Look forward to means to happily anticipate something.
  • The police were looking into the bank robbery. Look into means investigate
  • Johnny looks up to his father. Look up to means admire

Well, I just looked at my clock and realized I have to go. I look forward to seeing you here again!